Author notes: The Endocrine Tyranny

free sci-fi short storyI carried the central idea for this one around for years before I worked out how to make it work. The idea of reducing emotions to increase intellect is hardly a new one and I imagined all sorts of stories that felt flat before I even began to write them. From the beginning, I’d imagined a treatment that would make the exchange a permanent one. It was only when it occurred to me to adjust the idea that I was able to develop a sensible story. If the process could be reversed, I had a conflict to build a story around.

For the conflict to work, I needed a character who would fight against the return of emotion and a character who would be strongly motivated to force its return. Mary and Gareth grew into those roles. Somewhere in the process, I found I liked the idea of a character who would do something as appalling as kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and handcuffing her to a bed, but do it for very good reasons. That was when I knew I had to start filling sheets of paper.

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The Endocrine Tyranny was published by Buzzy, July 2012, where the full text is still available.

It is also part of the Steel in the Morning collection.

2 comments on “Author notes: The Endocrine Tyranny
  1. Wow, this piece of writing is good, my sister is analyzing these kinds
    of things, therefore I am going to let know her.

    • DJ Cockburn says:

      Sorry your comment hasn’t come up before. I only just noticed it had been flagged as spam, along with a couple of others. Anyway, thanks for your kind thoughts. I’d be interested to know what your sister makes of it. Anything I can learn from is gratefully received!

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